Oct 8, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> not in 1972 when he was up senator george mcgovern challenged him to a debate. historian ken hughes from the university of virginia found these tapes of president nixon. in this never before heard recording nixon cites national security concerns as a reason for not debating. >> it wouldn't serve the interests of the country particularly at this time when very important negotiations are taking place involving matters of very great importance to the nation and which cannot be discussed, cannot and should not be discussed in a debate forum. >> reporter: at the time the vietnam war was at issue. and the president gives instructions for a statement from his campaign denying mcgovern's debate request. >> what should we say? that the president that no incumbent president should debate his opponent. >> that's right. >> the differences between these two are so great. >> reporter: richard nixon can't resist saying if there were a debate he would win. >> nixon was a champion debater as far as he was concerned and completely destroy george mcgovern i think if given a chance. >> of course, having a d
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
to a senior turkish government official earlier who said the firing has now stopped and that all of the targets was syrian military facilities. secretary of state hillary clinton has called this a very dangerous situation. the fear is it could escalate into a military conflict between turkey and syria. that would be massively destabilizing for the middle east and could even draw in the u.s. because turkey is a nato ally. however, this morning we heard from a senior adviser to the turkey engineer prime minister end he calmed some of those fears by saying turkey has no intention of going to war with syria but capable of defending its borders and will retaliate when necessary. >> clarissa ward is with us and been reporting on the upridesing in syria for more than a war. good to have you here. so what is the reaction on the part of the syrian free army and the people who are supporting the rebellion against the government to the fact that they have not been getting the kind of assistance they hoped for or expected. >> there's a sense of not just of disappointment but of real bitterne
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
is the reaction on the part of the people supporting the rebellion against the government to the fact that they have not been getting the kind of assistance they hoped for or expected? >> i think there's a sense now not just of disappointment, but actually of real bitterness. they know that they cannot win this war without sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry. it's hard to overemphasize how devastating the effect of the regime's constant aerial b bombardment is on the cities. they know they need a no fly zone or those weapons. because they're not getting them from the west or international community support, they're turning to extremist groups who are willing to step in and fill the vacuum. >> inkrcredibly important point. that's what many people in washington were concerned about. you have been on the ground, right? you just came back from there. do you think what happened yesterday in the news, that this is the first shot in what becomes now a wider conflict? >> absolutely. the region is on tender hooks in lebanon, turkey, jordan. i think everybody is watching very closely to see ho
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
. he's been in a british jail since 2004. he's been charged by the u.s. government in a series of plots, one thing he's accused of conspiring to kidnap american tourists in 1998 and setting up an al qaeda training camp in oregon in 1999. he started with aiding taliban and al qaeda efforts in afghanistan. >> how come it has taken so long to bring masri to the united states? >> reporter: this has been a long fight. he's been fighting extradition since his m dictment because he knows frankly he faces a life sentence here in the u.s. one of his alleged co-conspirators has already been convicted and he's sentenced to life in prison. masri is an interesting character. he lost both hands and one eye fighting the soviets in afghanistan and he says he suffers a number of physical ailments. he lists diabetes and depression among them. his supporters argued if masri came to the u.s. he would be subject to human rights violations in prison. so they used those arguments to drag these things out. >> who were the other suspects that were brought back? >> reporter: two of them are terrorism financiers.